“I have always had in mind the creation of a sound, practical, enterprise, preserving what is best in our country way of life, and based on sound, practical farming, as all country life must be.” - William Scott Abbott
A civil engineering graduate and an ambulance driver after the First World War, William Scott Abbott first visited Sacrewell Farm in October 1917. An outstanding farmer and agricultural innovator, he had a strong desire to educate people about the rural landscape and surrounding countryside near Sacrewell.
The extraordinary history and traditions of Sacrewell (which date back to The Domesday Survey in the 11th Century) were upheld after William’s death, when in 1964, his wife Mary established the William Scott Abbott Trust.
Since then, the charity has provided a centre of educative excellence in the field of farming; from school children to fans of agricultural heritage, families flock to enjoy all that Sacrewell offers. Indeed, many who visited the farm as youngsters return with a new generation, maintaining those traditions and rich history.
School trips are also incredibly popular and eibe Play is delighted to have been involved with the recent playground renovation, so that children of all ages can continue to enjoy the multi-faceted attractions at Sacrewell. (read more below).
The new £250,00 scheme, that is three times the size of the original play area, was completed in time for the October half-term break and many of the inventive units pay tribute to the traditions and heritage of the site. It was Jane Scriven, chair of trustees of the William Scott Abbott Trust, who cut the obligatory red ribbon to finalise the year-long project whose initial concept first began back in 2019.
The new park is packed full of amazing play equipment. Complementing the actual Watermill, the bespoke wooden Mill with climbing unit is a stand-out feature. Other themed items include a purpose-built Combine Harvester, themed Beehive unit, Cheese Slide paying homage to the local cheesemongers, complete with yellow flooring and bees.
There is also some fabulous playboards with blacksmith motifs, as well as a dramatic High Rope Walkway that leads into a Natural Area beyond the playspace. A Sand Unit with diggers and pulleys adds some alternative fun, alongside a Double Cableway, Net Pyramids and Trampolines.
A pretty minimondo Dandelion is ideal for toddlers and a wonderful all-inclusive area features a Disabled Walkway with accessibility, as well as a Stand-up Seesaw and Wheelchair Roundabout.
General manager Lee Scowen said: “Play is such a vital part of education and we knew it was time that our outdoor play area had an upgrade, so we’ve expanded it, making it fun for children of all ages, with a few educational elements in there too. I think those who have not visited us for a while are in for a treat this half-term.”